The Alternative Connect America Cost Model (ACAM) provides support to rate-of-return carriers that voluntarily elected to transition to a new cost model for calculating High Cost funding. ACAM models forward-looking economic costs of deploying and operating a fiber-to-the-premise (FTTP) network. Learn more.
Carriers who elected this option will have the certainty of receiving specific and predictable monthly support amounts over the 10 year support term (2017-2026). Those that elected model support must maintain voice and existing broadband service and offer at least 10/1 Mbps to all locations fully funded by the model. They must also offer at least 25/3 Mbps to a certain percentage of those locations by the end of the support term.
In addition, carriers must also offer at least 4/1 Mbps to a certain percentage of capped locations by the end of the support term, and provide broadband upon reasonable request to the remainder.
Carriers must offer at least one voice and one broadband service commercially. These services must meet the relevant service requirements and go to the required number of locations.
Carriers must complete:
Carriers receiving ACAM support must also complete the following filing and certification requirements annually:
Rate-of-Return Reform Order (FCC 16-33) – Order adopting voluntary path to model based support for rate-of-return carriers (ACAM)
Public Notice (DA 16-1246) – Notice announcing the results of the rate-of-return carriers that accepted the initial offer of model support
ACAM Order (FCC 16-178) – adopted measures to address the significant demand for Alternative Connect America Cost Model (ACAM) support
Public Notice (DA 16-1422) – Notice announcing the first authorizations of support and revised offers
Public Notice (DA 17-99) – Notice announcing second authorizations of support